Monday, December 14, 2009

Liberals Say Holt Will Be In The Run-Off/Out Of 9 GOP Candidates


Although the liberal media has bashed Holt like the national media has Palin, they still recognize his strength in the state. Max Brantley with liberal Arkansas Times on November 24 predicted that if Holt enters the race, "that would just about guarantee nobody wins the primary without a runoff."

In today's Democrat Gazette, Liberal Pat Lynch said the same thing but in stronger language.


"The former president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau, Stanley Reed, is the eighth announced Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. He has a network of supporters and access to the mandatory ton of money. He faces two distinct obstacles on his way to a victory in November 2010.

"Even for a guy with more loot than Scrooge McDuck, setting oneself apart from seven not so brilliantly drawn cartoon characters is going to be an ordeal. State Sen. Gil Baker certainly will not roll over and play dead. In a recent straw poll, Curtis Coleman ran a close second to Baker, so he has some credibility. This is already a tight race.

"Then there is the “real” conservative, Jim Holt. Although Holt has not announced his candidacy, he would play a deciding role in a Republican primary. He would dismember Reed, who has previously been a financial backer of Lincoln and Bill Clinton. That would be some major fun.
Holt has a network of activists and is able to run a statewide campaign on a shoestring. He scared the daylights out of Lincoln a few years back. If he gets in, he will be in the runoff. Write it down.

"Stanley Reed’s other challenge is Stanley Reed. He is asking Arkansas voters to let him start at the top with no previous experience. A man like Reed expects those under him, and that is just about everybody else, to defer to his superior judgment. He is going to wake up in the middle of the field and wonder what hit him.

I rarely agree with Pat Lynch but I think his article is a very good summary of the race, except I see Holt even stronger than Pat Lynch does. I believe Holt will be able to raise more money this time because the conservatives and Tea Party are so determined and so fired up.

And look how well Holt did last time with less than a shoestring budget according to an article after the last race by Mike Masterson in Arkansas Democrat Gazette, May 30,06.

"The final numbers had Holt spending just $ 57, 054 to garner 57 percent of the votes cast compared with former U. S. Attorney Chuck Banks, who spent $ 205, 500 to get 27 percent, and state Sen. Doug Matayo, who spent $ 63, 649 for 16 percent. In other words, Holt had more votes than Banks and Matayo combined and won all but a handful of the state’s 75 counties.

"The numbers also translated to Holt’s spending 17 percent of all the GOP candidates’ campaign money spent on the lieutenant governor’s race to win the nomination."

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

just say "NO!" to republicans who are sporting a "moderate / RINO" track record eventhough they are being advised by their paid hacks to campaign to the right so they can get elected. Wake up people before its too late! Look at their resume(voting record- where there feet have been is the best indicator of their future voting record- do not believe their campaign promises and or pledges to not do this or that!) not their website or fund raising letters. Please.

11:03 AM, December 16, 2009  
Anonymous c.b. said...

Has there been any recent feedback from the Holt camp? Does anyone know if he is even considering a run?
I personally called him a few days ago. I asked no questions, but told them to pass along my message; that we would stand by him whatever his decision.
Of course I'm hoping he will...

5:04 PM, December 16, 2009  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

http://tolbertreport.com/2009/12/16/jim-holt-announcement-likely-by-year%E2%80%99s-end/

5:43 PM, December 16, 2009  

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